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Students can find the Honors Center at the Claire T. Carney Library, Room 220. Students can also locate the Honors College Director and our administrative assistant to ask any questions about the Honors College.

Honors College Staff

Catherine Villanueva Gardner

Director

Honors College
Claire T. Carney Library 221

508-999-8253
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Professor Catherine Villanueva Gardner specializes in feminist philosophy, especially ethics, epistemology, and the retrieval of forgotten historical women philosophers. This latter retrieval of excluded philosophers from the canon is both an historical project and a social justice project. Gardner is currently working on retrieving neglected or marginalized African-American women philosophers from the nineteenth century, in particular Frances E.W. Harper, who began her activist work in New Bedford, MA. Gardner’s most recent book (PSU Press, 2012) explores whether there is a distinctive feminist approach to the history of philosophy. Gardner has also published two other books in feminist history of philosophy and multiple articles in journals and edited collections.


Brian Ayotte

Associate Professor

Psychology
Liberal Arts 347

508-999-9206
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Professor Ayotte is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Center on Aging at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. His research focuses primarily on the role of individual characteristics and interpersonal relationships in health and health behaviors throughout the life span. Prof. Ayotte has published over 16 peer reviewed articles and contributed to several book chapters.


Suzanne Melloni

Director of Student Support Services

Honors College
Claire T. Carney Library 222

508-999-9299
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Kristin Kadlec

Assistant Director

Honors College
Claire T. Carney Library 224

508-999-8493
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Honors Council Student Directors

Brianna Johnson
Student Director
Email: bjohnson4@umassd.edu

Cameron McAlpine
Associate Student Director
Email: cmcalpine@umassd.edu

Vanessa Pinheiro
Secretary
Email: vpinheiro1@umassd.edu

Sarah A. Moore
Community Service Director
Email: smoore2@umassd.edu

Honors Faculty

Lecturer 
 
English & Communication
Library 229
 
508.999.8752
Professor Alex Menrisky specializes in American literature, culture, and politics and environmental history, especially from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. His work specifically deals with how movements and narratives organized around identity (along lines of self, gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.) have negotiated what it means to be part of an ecosystem. His first book, Wild Abandon: American Literature and the Identity Politics of Ecology, is forthcoming winter 2021 from Cambridge University Press. His work also appears in a number of journals. In his spare time, he kayaks with his partner and spoils his cats. 
 
Professor/Chairperson
 
Philosophy
LARTS 355
 
508.910.6869
Dr. Mulnix is a Professor of Philosophy, the Chair of the UMD Philosophy Department, and President of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers. Most of her current research focuses on happiness and well-being. She is also interested in Buddhism as well as theories of knowledge and the mind. Dr. Mulnix has two published books (co-authored with M.J. Mulnix of Salem State University): Happy Lives, Good Lives: A Philosophical Examination and Theories of Happiness: An Anthology from Broadview Press. She loves philosophy, comedy, watching movies and sports, playing tennis, watercolor painting, and traveling around the world. 
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Professor
 
Portuguese
Liberal Arts 396H
 
508.999.8271
Gláucia Silva is a Professor in the Department of Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth. She specializes in heritage and foreign language learning, with a focus on Portuguese. Professor Silva has co-authored four Portuguese language textbooks and is the author of Word Order in Brazilian Portuguese (De Gruyter, 2001/2013). She has also published several scholarly articles and book chapters, both in English and in Portuguese. Her graduate advisees have investigated different aspects related to Portuguese language and linguistics, such as the roles of attitude and motivation in learning Portuguese, service encounters in Portuguese in Massachusetts, gay articulations of desire in Rio de Janeiro, the impact of anxiety on learning Portuguese, using songs in the foreign language classroom, task-based language teaching, mother-child interactions in a bilingual family, among others.
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Lecturer
 
Art History
CVPA 360A
 
508.999.8554
Dr. Rebecca Uchill (she/her) is an art historian whose interdisciplinary research focuses on institutions and technologies of art and culture. She has worked as a curator in museums such as Mass MoCA, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University. Her published work appears in peer-reviewed journals of preservation history, architectural theory, art historiography, and curatorial studies; she is co-editor of the interdisciplinary MIT Press volumes Being Material (2019) and Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense (2016). Before coming to UMass Dartmouth, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Art, Science & Technology at MIT. 

Honors Committee

Brian Ayotte

Associate Professor

Psychology
Liberal Arts 347

508-999-9206
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Beste Gucler

Associate Professor

STEM Education & Teacher Development
Liberal Arts 396C

508-910-6952
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Geoffrey Cowles

Associate Professor

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography
School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 218

508-910-6397
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Gaurav Khanna

Professor

Physics
Science & Engineering 204A

508-910-6605
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Jay Zysk

Assistant Professor

English & Communication
Liberal Arts 343

508-999-8864
jzysk@umassd.edu

Jay Zysk

Director

Office of Faculty Development
Claire T. Carney Library 220

508-910-6534
jzysk@umassd.edu

Kristen Sethares

Professor

Nursing & Health Sciences / Adult
Dion 308B

508-999-9148
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Mark Silby

Associate Professor

Biology
Science & Engineering 335

508-999-8364
mark.silby@umassd.edu

Olivia Piepmeier

Assistant Librarian

Library / Information Services
Claire T. Carney Library 237

508-999-8526
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Stephanie McGoldrick

FullTime Lecturer

Art & Design
College of Visual & Performing Arts 352A

508-999-8740
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Steven White

Professor

Management & Marketing
Charlton College of Business 323

508-999-8267
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